BASTILLE, Drummoyne

Bastille Drummoyne

“Chef Kay Hwang’s talent and technique is testament
that mastery of French cooking is not limited to French chefs”

~~~~~~~~O~~~~~~~~

UPDATE December 2014: This restaurant has permanently closed for business.

You wouldn’t expect to find an elegant French restaurant along busy Victoria Road in Drummoyne but behind the black iron grill gates, a humble neighbourhood restaurant might just be starting a quiet French Revolution.

Bastille refers to a fortress in Paris, known formally as the Bastille Saint-Antoine. It played an important role in the internal conflicts of France and was used as a state prison before being stormed by a crowd on 14 July 1789, becoming an important symbol for the French Revolution, thus giving rise to the French National Day known as Bastille Day.

With a kind invitation from Atticism PR, Chopinand and I are awakening to a modern take on French with subtle Korean twists.

Under the restrained hands of Korean chef Kay Hwang, French cooking technique is cleverly sprinkled with Korean flavours such as radish kimchi and ssam jang sauce to create an unexpected burst of flavours. Coupled with modern presentation, the food of BASTILLE is definitely pushing the boundaries.

BASTILLE, Drummoyne

 Charles Collin champagne $14 /glass $85 / bottle

Charles Collin champagne $14 /glass $85 / bottle

We settle down and two glasses of Charles Collin champagne immediately arrive at the table. It is a refreshing easy drinking champagne with citrus and apple notes.

2012 Cake Wines Shiraz $9 / $42

2012 Cake Wines Shiraz $9 / $42

Chopinand and I are here after a frantic week and it was a relief not to have to battle crowds in a cramped city restaurant sitting shoulder to shoulder with the next couple and shouting over the dining table.

2012 Cake Wines Shiraz $9

2012 Cake Wines Shiraz $9

It’s one of those neighbourhood spaces that you can stroll in easily and have a relaxed meal with great food, attentive but unobtrusive service.

Citrus cured trout $18

Citrus cured trout $18

The menu and the selections are short with six entrees, five mains and three desserts but what it lacks in variety, it makes up for in flavours.

A citrus cured ocean trout is smoky with tangy citrusy notes and subtle chilli glaze yet the meat is soft and yielding. With a swoosh of creme friache, drops of yuzu jelly and basil oil, this is a well-balanced dish that shows technique and respect for the produce.

Goat cheese sphere $16

Goat cheese sphere $16

Goat cheese sphere is a chilled quenelle of goat cheese lightened with creme fraiche cradled in a nest of crispy shredded potato sprinkled with flowers.

We spread the goat cheese on crispy croutons and it becomes elegant finger food with our champagne.

Scallops 3 $16 / 5 $25

Scallops 3 $16 / 5 $25

We enjoy both entrees so much that we request to try a third – the scallops and aren’t we glad!

Five plump scallops arrive, barely seared with their natural textures and juices still intact, enhanced with a smooth cauliflower puree, rich almond emulsion and a disc of crunchy lettuce.

Dining room at Bastille, Drummoyne

Dining room at Bastille, Drummoyne

It’s hard to tell the modern culinary leanings in the kitchen of this family-friendly dining space.

There is a relaxed sunny outdoor terrace, with wooden chairs strewn with bright cushions and a wall of potted plants. This al fresco setting is perfect for families or large groups on warm summer evenings.

Inside, a dark and cosy lounge beckons with its luxurious black and white banquettes for pre-dinner drinks with white tablecloths, plush carpets, gold and white wallpaper in the main dining room.

Menu at Bastille, Drummoyne

Menu at Bastille, Drummoyne

Chopinand loves his beef and we are eyeing the chateaubriand 500gm Cape Grim tenderloin for two ($72) at the next table. It looks enticing ~ a juicy blush pink log of eye fillet paired with chunky hand cut chips and a refreshing garden salad.

But we decide to be adventurous and try interesting selections.

Smoked duck breast $36

Smoked duck breast $36

My smoked duck breast has just the right amount of smoke, still tender and juicy on the inside and bursting with flavour.

Instead of the classic duck l’orange, it comes with compressed pear steeped in white wine vinegar, king brown mushroompea cream and topped with a small log of white chocolate, a surprising touch that works harmoniously.

I’ve had many duck dishes and this is easily one of the best I’ve had. My only gripe is the skin could have been rendered just before serving to give it a crisp edge.

Fillet Mignon $36

Fillet Mignon $36

Chopinand‘s fillet mignon is a classic French, seared and served with a creamy pomme purée.

Fillet Mignon $36

Fillet Mignon $36

The fillet is soft like a pillow complemented by a rich bordelaise sauce and topped with small precious chunks of bone marrow.

“If I ever get to Seoul, I want to eat French food” Chopinand jokes. “The chef’s technique on this dish is exquisite” he adds.

French fries $8

French fries $8

But what we couldn’t get enough of is the French fries – crispy shoe string fries that is absolutely addictive.

French fries $8

French fries $8

“I can eat a whole bowl of this!” Chopinand said and he nearly did!

Crisp on the outside with a hot and creamy centre, these chips are sprinkled with parsley and parmesan with its wonderfully pungent aromas.

I resist, saving room for dessert and it was worth it!

Meringue $16

Meringue $16

meringue comes with chocolate brioche on a colourful bed of strawberry sauce and piquant pineapple sphere, yet another innovative combination.

A raspberry crisp is like a badge of honour that seals the talent and technique of chef Hwang.

Chocolate tart $16

Chocolate tart $16

A chocolate tart is luxurious and silky smooth, served with rich hazelnut praline and a tart raspberry sauce.

Blood orange cake $16

Blood orange cake $16

Blood orange cake isn’t just a slice of cake on a plate.

It comes deconstructed, with pistachio sauce, vanilla ice cream, mango and cherry sorbet and sprinkled with a row of pop rocks that dances in your mouth.

Terrace dining at Bastille, Drummoyne

Terrace dining at Bastille, Drummoyne

French food this good and innovative, it’s hard to find a relaxed yet and enjoyable experience that doesn’t cost the earth. BASTILLE is one such find.

Chef Kay Hwang‘s talent and technique is testament that mastery of French cooking is not limited to French chefs.

And if you’ve had a little too much to drink, there’s a complimentary pick up and drop off service in a Porsche Cayenne to surrounding suburbs! Now that’s a French-German connection that’s hard to beat!

Bastille Drummoyne

Bastille Drummoyne

So dear readers, do you prefer a nice and cozy neighbourhood restaurant with good food or prefer hip and trendy city restaurants where the crowd may not necessarily be there just for the food?

ChopinandMysaucepan dined courtesy of Atticism PR and BASTILLE. Prices are included for readers’ information. All views and opinions are our own and based on our dining experience on the day.

BASTILLE
105 Victoria road
Drummoyne, New South Wales

Bastille Dining & Terrace on Urbanspoon

Tel: +61 2 9819 7713

Opening hours: Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursday 6pm to late, Friday to Saturday 12pm to late, Sunday 12pm to 10pm.

comments
This entry was posted in Eating in Sydney and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to BASTILLE, Drummoyne

  1. The presentation on those dishes is magnificent! The fillet mignon with the bone marrow chunks sounds heavenly!

  2. Maureen says:

    You’ve reviewed many restaurants and treated us to amazing photographs but the Bastille is the best so far for me. That goat cheese is gorgeous! I want the filet. okay I want it all.

  3. oh my! I’m loving the look / sound of that duck breast. Of course the meringue definitely catches my eye!

  4. Raymund says:

    I love all of the presentation here specially that goats cheese!

  5. Hotly Spiced says:

    This looks like a restaurant I would love to visit. The food looks amazing – it’s beautifully presented and it seems very good value for money. Love how you started the night with a champers – I like to do that too – it seems to get the evening off to a great start xx

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


*